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100 Essential Free Apps
We can all admire the vast number of open source apps and tools that are available on modern operating systems. They come in all shapes and sizes. Small console tools that can be easily integrated into large projects, feature-rich apps that offer everything bar the the kitchen sink, well designed tools, and eye catching candy. Open source software holds numerous compelling advantages over proprietary software.

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XBoard is a graphical user interface for chess. It displays a chessboard on the screen, accept moves made with the mouse, and load and save games in Portable Game Notation (PGN). It serves as a front-end for many different chess services, including: Chess engines that will run on your machine and play a game against you or help you analyze, such as GNU Chess, Crafty, or many others. Chess servers on the Internet, where you can connect to play chess with people from all over the world, watch other users play, or just hang out and chat. Correspondence chess played by electronic mail. The CMail program automates the tasks of parsing email from your opponent, playing his moves out on your board, and mailing your reply move after you've chosen it.


  • astGUIclient
    astGUIclient is part of a suite of programs that are designed to interact with the Asterisk PBX Phone system at a client computer level to extend the functionality of your phone and system. The main GUI application, astGUIclient, is a set of PHP Web-based scripts utilizing Javascript and XMLHTTPRequest functions that work through a browser to give realtime information and functionality with nothing more than an Internet browser on the client computer.
  • ATSlog
    The ATSlog software provides a handy web-oriented interface for viewing and analysing calls for various types of PBX (Private Branch eXchange) models.
  • Capibara Distributed Url Cloaking Kit
    Capibara Distributed Url Cloaking Kit is software for reliable url cloaking system using low q.o.s hosts and lines such as home PC's and dsl or cable connections.
  • comimg
    comimg is another www-based bulletin board system, except that it allows registered users to upload images for others to view, comment and rate. Written in PHP using PostgreSQL.
    ECTOR is a multilingual chatterbot that is able to learn from users' entries.
  • efa
    efa is a command line client for the Web interface. It can request itineraries based on various parameters, such as date/time, preferred train types, or a more precise route.
  • Elastix
    Elastix is a software appliance that integrates the best tools available for Asterisk-based PBXs into a single, easy-to-use interface. It also adds its own set of utilities and allows for the creation of third party modules. The goals of Elastix are reliability, modularity, and ease-of-use. It also features strong reporting capabilities.
  • GetTogether
    GetTogether is a social network application featuring geographical distance calculation, events, locations, message boards, and blogging.
  • H2O Rotisserie
    H2O Rotisserie is a structured online discussion system that provides an alternative to the traditional threaded-messaging model of most online discussions.
  • JD 2ch browser
    JD is useful to view "2ch-style Bulletin board System" that use "bbs.cgi" and "read.cgi", it is like that we use RSS reader to read blogs. It helps you to read/write articles in such BBS.
  • Larbin
    Larbin is a web crawler (also called (web) robot, spider, scooter...). It is intended to fetch a large number of web pages to fill the database of a search engine. With a network fast enough, Larbin should be able to fetch more than 100 millions pages on a standard PC.
  • licqweb
    licqweb is a Web frontend for licq. It interfaces with the Remote Management Service plugin and uses AJAX to provide real-time communication. It is useful for people who use IMs from multiple locations and want a 'centralised' application that means no more logging off and on, consolidates chat history to the one location, and prevents problems where messages are missed because another IM client received them.
  • Linuxlord
    Linuxlord is a client/server architecture to enable web based thin client computing using Linux. After installing Linuxlord you are able to login your linux desktop from everywhere via an java applet running in your web browser. Because of supported compression you can use it even via an dialup connection.
  • phpSecureSite
    phpSecureSite is a modular authentication and session-handling system for PHP, released under the GNU GPL license. It is primarily intended for use in closed web-applications, where users are required to enter a username and password to gain access. It is made to be fully integrated with the web-application, so that users will not notice that you are using a separate authentication and session system.
  • PlayVoIP
    PlayVoIP is a Web-based VoIP service enabler with user management, statistical reports, and a registration application system based on LAMP and Asterisk. At the beginning, this project was specially designed for the simple and free Indonesian VoIP network VoIP Rakyat.
  • Project Nexus
    Project Nexus is a virtual community software written in PHP with a mysql backend. It allows different users to sign on and post messages to the group.
  • pyECTOR
    pyECTOR is a chatterbot which learns from what people say. It is based on an artificial intelligence architecture that is inspired by Copycat, an AI system from Mitchell and Hofstadter.
  • pyWebSMS
    pyWebSMS is a program which let you send sms through internet without opening any browser. You can send multiple sms, save your contacts, view the history and much more.
  • Ryan's In/Out Board
    Ryan's In/Out Board is an intranet based in-out board for small-medium size organisations. Features: one/no click status change; no database required; default & custom comments; return times; contact info; can auto check everyone out overnight.
  • ScopServ-VoIP
    (commercial) ScopServ-VoIP is a Web-based management interface (GUI) for the Asterisk system which can be accessed by any XHTML 1.0+ browser. It supports a lot of features like: multiple languages, multiple users, reporting tools, personal IVR, and an end user UI. It is available in SOHO, SMB, Professional, and ITSP editions.
  • Sphene Community Tools
    SCT (Sphene Community Tools) is a collection of Django applications that are designed to be easily pluggable into any Django project.
  • TigerEvents
    TigerEvents is a web-based event announcement system targeted to promote upcoming and ongoing events to large communities such as university campuses, companies or the general public.
  • VAXbb
    VAXbb is a fast, text-only bulletin board for use on the Web. It's written in perl. The interface is based on the old VAX bulletin board system.
  • VGetty Servlet
    VGetty Servlet allows you to listen to answerphone messages (which are recorded through mgetty+sendfax+vgetty).
  • Virtual Collaboratory
    The Virtual Collaboratory provides mechanisms for users to exchange information, data, on-line resources, and ideas. In a collaboratory, individuals from different locations are able to work together using VoIP, document exchange and other features.
  • VoiceOne
    VoiceOne is an easy-to-use, Web-based GUI for the Asterisk PBX. It gives full control over PBX settings from the admin configuration panel. You can manage extensions, VoIP trunks, users' queues and rules sets, and dynamically create an IVR.
  • WAPreview
    wapreview is an online WAP browser that lets you look at WML pages from within Microsoft Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator.
  • Web100
    Web100 implements a set of instruments in the TCP/IP stack of an operating system.
  • WebCID
    WebCID is a caller ID application for analog phone service. It consists of a daemon script (in Perl) that listens for caller ID from a modem, and a web interface for viewing caller ID logs. Caller ID information is logged to a MySQL database. WebCID is useful for retrieving caller ID information remotely when away from home.
  • Webdialer
    Masqdialer and most other dialer software requires the use of a standalone client, restricting the number of computers that can make use of it. Webdialer gets around that by using a web interface, so any computer that has a web browser can dial a modem connected to a Webdialer host.
  • YateAdmin
    YateAdmin is a Web interface which helps set up the telephony engine Yate.

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